Desalination with low temperature heat

Climate change is already exacerbating water scarcity bringing uncertainty in the future of the water availability vs. abstraction (water stress), especially in delicate eco-systems. At the same time, Industry highly relies on water. In most of the water-demanding industrial sectors high water demand is co-located with high energy demand (water-energy nexus), similarly to countries that benefit from high solar thermal energy (high energy availability) and at the same time need water. The co-location of energy in form of heat and water is an opportunity.

In your studies, you will research and develop a technology (sorption desalination) to use low temperature heat for the production of freshwater by exploiting recent innovations in material science and engineering. You will work in the Emerging Sustainable Technologies Laboratory (ESTech Lab), be part of a world leading research group in sustainable technologies towards the development of a proof-of-concept super-efficient processes for heat-powered desalination, have access to state-of-the-art equipment including rapid prototyping tools (e.g. 3D-printing) and brainstorm new technological avenues for desalination.

Your studies will be carried out at the Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP) and will include modelling activities supported by experiments. You will attain skills in modelling, design and testing of new desalination concepts.

Please note, the position will be filled once a suitable candidate has been identified.

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Closing Date: 

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

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Undergraduate degree in chemical or mechanical engineering, energy-related engineering or manufacturing-related engineering

Desirable criteria: i) familiarity with 3D-printing; ii) basic skills on utilization of one computational tool such as Matlab, Mathcad, Mathematica etc…

Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


Applications are welcomed from self-funded students, or students who are applying for scholarships from the University of Edinburgh or elsewhere

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